25 September 2023

Nursery seeds new gardens with free plants

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The Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate (TCCS) has reminded new owners of residential blocks of land in the ACT they are entitled to new shrubs and plants for free from the Yarralumla Nursery.

General Manager of the Wholesale Nursery, Jane Carder said Canberra’s climate could be challenging for those looking to start a new garden, but Yarralumla Nursery was there to help.

“The nursery can provide a range of hardy cool climate plants that will also tolerate Canberra’s drier conditions,” Ms Carder said.

“These include a range of groundcovers, shrubs and hedging plants, such as Callistemon, Pineapple Guava (Fejoa), Hebe and Native Rosemary (Westringia).

“By choosing these more tolerant plants, residents will be able to create beautiful gardens in their new homes with less chance that the plants will not take to Canberra’s harsher climate.”

She said anyone who gardened in the ACT would know the challenges of maintaining plants from temperate climates through a Canberra winter, or through a Canberra summer.

“Choosing suitable plants right from the beginning can certainly make gardening easier in the longer term,” Ms Carder said.

“Since the free plant issue scheme was introduced in 1930, it has placed a strong emphasis on preserving Canberra’s ‘Garden City’ concept.”

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